Buddhist Spiritual Tour

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Facts of Trip

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 08 Days

Trip Grade: Easy

Trip Destination: Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha

Group Size: Minimum 1, with unlimited participants

Best Season: All Year Round

Transportation: Bus / Flight

Trip Highlights

  • A pilgrimage sightseeing tour
  • Lumbini, the holy place where Buddha was born
  • Lumbini, UNESCO declared world heritage site
  • A visit to Medieval Bhaktapur & the historical city of Patan
  • Well Known Kopan monastery
  • Some natural beauty & lovely landscampes
  • Dhulikhel known for its traditional crafts & old ancient houses.
  • Short hiking to the famous Namobuddha

Lumbini is the capital of the Buddhism & this is where its founder was born in this teeming district based in the lowlands of Nepal. The birthplace of the Buddha is also a UNESCO declared world heritage site. The remains of this once-upon-a-time ancient kingdom can still be seen in its best preserved form.

The Buddha left the universe at the age of 85 years but his teachings still beckon the faithful where his disciples who took up the mantle of his holy order still call upon the faithful to live by the doctrines of the Buddha. Visitors will also stumble upon a large stone pillar erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka in 250 BC to commemorate the birth of the Buddha. The pillar still stands where it was built till this day with much of the gardens are surrounded by a lot of greenery with stupas & ancient monasteries that nestle in the quiet environs of this sacred area as we see a stone structure of Buddha’s mother holding on to a tree while giving birth to the Buddha. Our meditational saga begins with a tour to the Swayambhunath stupa {also known as monkey temple} & then we head down to the sleepy little town of Dhulikhel known for its traditional crafts & old ancient houses.

We also do a little hike to the famous Namobudha in Dhulikhel & go further on to visit medieval Bhaktapur & the historical city of Patan famous for its intricately carved masterpieces of Hindu temples & Buddhist monuments that are simply wonderful to watch. The curtain falls on this holy saga to Lumbini in the southern part of Nepal. We will also visit the well known Kopan monastery for some quiet meditation if we feel like it & also attend a spiritual workshop if the desire is there; we will truly enjoy the surroundings of this calm area in the midst of some natural beauty & lovely landscapes that can be viewed from this serene monastery. And this is where our tour will conclude in the quiet & peace of perfectly sublime surroundings…

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : ARRIVAL KATHMANDU [1350m]

Day 02 : DAY HIKE TO NAMOBUDHA [1750m]

Day 03 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Day 04 : FLY: KATHMANDU / BHAIRAHAWA AND DRIVE TO LUMBINI [1750m]

Day 05 : FLY: LUMBINI / KATHMANDU

Day 06 : VISIT KOPAN MONASTERY [1500m]

Day 07 : AT THE HIMALAYAN BUDHIST MEDITATION CENTRE

Day 08 : FINAL DEPARTURE

Cost Include

  • Pickup & drop-off by car / Van as per the program.
  • Twin or double sharing accommodation inclusive of breakfast (3 star hotel).
  • Guided tour as per the above itinerary.
  • Private car with experienced driver, fuel & permits
  • Entrance fees
  • Service charges and Government taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu (please remember to carry 2 passport size photos)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for guide and driver (optional)

Day 01ARRIVAL KATHMANDU [1350m]Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport / Kathmandu. Our staff will be on standby to meet & greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Refresh & get familiar with your surroundings by going for a walk down the street after you have rested. If time permits, then we will take you to visit the Swoyambhunath {Monkey} temple. In the evening, our tour manager will brief you on your program for the days ahead. Have supper & your first overnight in the valley of the gods and goddesses.

Day 02DAY HIKE TO NAMOBUDHA [1750m] After breakfast, it’s a scenic drive to Dhulikhel - A small quiet town, known for its traditional crafts, & lies just 35 km east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1470m. If you wish to, you may climb a little to see the mountains, from Cho Oyu in the east to Himalchuli in the west following which we will take you for a hike to the famous Namobudha. We then return to Kathmandu in the evening.

Day 03KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING TOUR After breakfast, we proceed for a full day sightseeing tour. We visit ancient Patan and the villages in the vicinity & Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Kathmandu is a literal mixing bowl of different religions & cultures that all remain in perfect harmony with each other, respecting each other’s culture & spiritual ideals. Lunch can be taken out in the restaurant or we can even start out with a packed lunch.

Day 04FLY: KATHMANDU / BHAIRAHAWA AND DRIVE TO LUMBINI [1750m] In the afternoon, we fly to Bhairahawa. It is a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu. You will be received at the airport and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you for a short sightseeing tour around the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Overnight hotel

Day 05FLY: LUMBINI / KATHMANDU After breakfast, we head out for sightseeing tour. At noon, we drive to Bhairahawa approx. 14 km from Lumbini to catch our flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu

Day 06VISIT KOPAN MONASTERY [1500m] After breakfast, we will take you to the Kopan Monastery for a visit followed by a tour of the Boudhanath stupa on the way back.

Day 07AT THE HIMALAYAN BUDHIST MEDITATION CENTRE Today we will take you to the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation centre to attend the one day workshop – ‘Discovering Buddhism’ in which various preliminary and advanced Buddhist teachings with contemplation and discussions led by monks, nuns and scholars from both Tibetan Buddhist and various Buddhist traditions are conducted. Topics and teachers for the workshop will be notified only few days prior to the workshop. In the evening, we will proceed for a Nepali cuisine with a thrilling cultural dance program performed by the local belles. This evening out is a complimentary affair on behalf of Accessible Adventure Travels & Tours for the good welfare of our guests & for the warm relationships developed in the course of our holy saga to Lumbini. Overnight at your hotel

Day 08FINAL DEPARTURE After Breakfast Morning will be left free for shopping & other independent activities. Depending on your flight time, we will drive you to the International airport for your onward flight home. And this marks the end of a wonderful holiday in your discovering of the natural wonders of nature amidst the divine & the holy. If you are looking for other exciting itineraries, cost and or any relevant information, please contact us. We will be glad to help you make the right choices for an additional holiday that will also suit your pockets. Just don’t hesitate to let us know.

Please bring:

  • Please do not forget to bring umbrella / raincoat if you are traveling in summer (July - September).

When is the best time to travel? It is feasible to do the tour all year round. However, the best time would be October through May.

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